This is a truly incredible offer on some of the most scenic railways in all of Europe. The Swiss Half Fare Card isn’t just a Swiss train discount of 50% that lasts a month ! It’s a Swiss train discount, and a Swiss bus discount, and a Swiss boat discount, and a Swiss mountain railway discount, at 50% off, all lasting for a full month ! That’s a Swiss half fare that’s ideal for longer stays in Switzerland, especially since there’s public transportation in 75 towns and cities to use it in ! How about that ! A country that’s already famous for chocolate found a way to be even more tempting !
Swiss Half Fare Card
- Children under 16 travel for free.
Discover Switzerland by trains, buses, boats and scenic mountain trains.
How does it work?
Rail Passes in 3 steps
1. Pick the right rail pass
Rail passes are available in 1, 2, 3 or 4 country combinations for extensive travel on the national rail networks. Going for an extended trip? Try the Eurail Global Pass offering rail travel in 28 different countries.
Once you've selected your pass, its price will depend on the class of service, First or Second, selected and the number of rail travel days.
2. Reserve your seats
For many trains in Switzerland, seat reservations are not required. Simply board the train with your rail pass and choose any open seat.
3. Activate and travel
Your pass was pre-validated at the time of booking, it is now valid for use for the duration you selected. You're all set and ready to explore.
Rail pass benefits
More than just trains
And the Swiss Half Fare Card is packed with bonuses to make your trip even more enjoyable. You'll get discounts on buses and trains or hotels or cruises or ferries or museums or activities, and more.
With the Swiss Half Fare Card, the benefits like the connections it provides - are everywhere. Whether you are an adventurous traveler or avid planner, the Swiss Half Fare Card is your pass to freedom and an unforgettable journey of discovery.
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Common Questions, Simple Answers
Q. What is the specificity and main difference between a Eurail Italy pass and a Point to Point ticket ?
A. A Point to Point ticket allows you to travel by train on a specific route during a designated date. An Eurail Italy Pass allows to to have unlimited rail travel in Italy for a 3 day or 10-day period. Buying an Eurail Italy Pass is ideal if you are planning to travel extensively in Italy by train.
Q. What is a Rail Pass month and how does it work ?
A. A Rail Pass month is based on a calendar month. If a Rail Pass validity begins on the 15th of a month, then its expiry date will be the 14th of the following month at midnight.
Q. What is the definition of a travel day ?
A. A travel day is defined as the period of time starting from 12 am to 12 am of the next day. It is a complete 24h period. With the Swiss Pass, you can take as many trains and public transport as you want during a travel day.
Q. How do I obtain Eurostar tickets ?
A. Tickets for Eurostar trains can be easily purchased online on our website. Choose the ‘Print @ home’ ticketing method for more convenience and no booking fees. You can also choose to buy online and retrieve your tickets from self-service tickets terminal at London St Pancras, Brussels Midi or Paris Nord railway station, before departure.
Q. Is there a check-in before the departure of an ICE train ?
A. No. There is no check-in or customs control before boarding an ICE train for local destinations in Germany. However for International destinations, there will be a ticket control and passport checks on board ICE trains. If you have a Pass, don’t forget to validate your pass prior to boarding.
Q. What is a BritRail Family Pass ?
A. A BritRail Family Card allows one child aged 5 to 15 to have free travel when accompanied by an adult or a BritRail Pass holder.
Q. What are the classes of service which are offered on the Lyria train ?
A. Two classes of service are offered on board the Thalys – First class with comfort 1 and Second class with comfort 2. If you are travelling in First class, you will be have a large comfortable seat, power sockets for portable devices, Wi-Fi Internet and free newspapers. If you are travelling in Second class, you can buy snacks and drinks at the bar-buffet car. You can also have Wi-Fi access at an additional cost if you have a restrictive ticket.
Q. What is the policy for child accommodation on overnight trains ?
A. -Children aged from 0 to 4 years old included are not required to have a sleeper reservation or ticket if they share a bed with another person.
- A special child’s fare applies if a child aged between 4 and 11 years or below 4 years old requires a separate bed.
Q. Must I book a reservation for the Thalys train ?
A. Yes. A reservation is required to board a high speed Thalys . If you have an Eurail Pass which includes France, Belgium, The Netherlands or Benelux countries, then you are entitled to a Pass Holder fare which usually includes a discount. Those who have a Swiss Pass or a France Rail Pass can also have a Pass Holder fare. Some passes like France Rail Pass but also Eurail passes including Benelux-France / France-Germany / France-Italy / France-Spain / France-Switzerland / Benelux also offers discounts through Passholder deals. Please note than the German Rail Pass is not valid on rail routes which are covered by Thalys to Germany.
Q. When can I use the self service tickets terminals for Eurostar tickets ?
A. You can use self service tickets terminals when travelling between London and Paris or Brussels on board the Eurostar.
For more information, refer to : How do I retrieve my e-tickets at Eurostar train stations ?